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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmunder (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867874328
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867874328
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This volume reprints a selection of Oliver Frey's gay art, usually published under the pseudonym of Zack to differentiate it from his `mainstream' graphic work, for which he is equally well-known - see The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey. The work presented here is primarily pin-ups, posters, magazine and book illustrations, etc., as opposed to his comic-strip work, which has already been collected by this publisher (see list below); although in the short biographical text piece, it is mentioned that a part-finished comic-strip remains from when `Meatman' comic anthology series ceased publication. Hopefully that might be reprinted one day in a successor volume to this, as despite the size and quality of this book, there is still a lot of Zack artwork out there.

The contents are _
P010: Boy Next Door
P028: Boys in Love
P044: Getting Wet
P060: Fantasy
P080: Heavy Intent
P122: Full On
P170: Over the Top
P196: An Art Amatorius (A biographical piece by Roger Kean)
P206: Covers, Adverts, Posters
P234: Afterword (by Francois Peneaud)

The above chapters are thematic collections of the artwork, ranging in scope from single figure images to double-page (and hard-core) crowd scenes, and until you have viewed one of Zack's crowd scenes, your imagination is in need of an upgrade to high definition wide-screen capability. The art is primarily in colour, though there are a number of monochrome or colour-wash images included, as Zack covered a wide field of illustration.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For most people the name Zack is associated the quintessential male art and time is placing him I the echelon with Tom of Finland. But just as Touko Laaksonen took on the moniker of Tom of Finland and thereby landed his permanent place in the galleries of erotic art, so has Oliver Frey taken on the moniker of Zack and that seems to allow him to follow his extraordinary talents in a similar way. There is an excellent blog about Zack by John Coulthart that bears repeating: `It's inevitable when writing about gay art and artists that Oliver Frey's name will turn up eventually, so here's the requisite posting. Frey is often better known in gay circles under the nom de plume he used in the 1980s, "Zack", when he was a very prolific illustrator and comic artist for Britain's small number of gay mags. As Oliver Frey he was already well-known as an accomplished professional illustrator who was for a time an artist for Look and Learn`s long-running science fiction adventure strip The Trigan Empire. That professional work makes him probably the most widely-seen of all gay porn artists simply because he drew some Superman pages which are briefly seen at the beginning of the 1978 Superman. His career as a comic artist honed his skill at dealing with figures and telling a story which is one of the reasons his gay strips are still highly valued today. Those strips tend to be completely pornographic right from the start so I'll spare the delicate sensibilities of some of the readers here and link you to some collections of his Zack work instead. In the meantime, I'd love to know where the picture of the boy with the sword (above) comes from originally.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
For most people the name Zack is associated the quintessential male art and time is placing him I the echelon with Tom of Finland. But just as Touko Laaksonen took on the moniker of Tom of Finland and thereby landed his permanent place in the galleries of erotic art, so has Oliver Frey taken on the moniker of Zack and that seems to allow him to follow his extraordinary talents in a similar way. There is an excellent blog about Zack by John Coulthart that bears repeating: `It's inevitable when writing about gay art and artists that Oliver Frey's name will turn up eventually, so here's the requisite posting. Frey is often better known in gay circles under the nom de plume he used in the 1980s, "Zack", when he was a very prolific illustrator and comic artist for Britain's small number of gay mags. As Oliver Frey he was already well-known as an accomplished professional illustrator who was for a time an artist for Look and Learn`s long-running science fiction adventure strip The Trigan Empire. That professional work makes him probably the most widely-seen of all gay porn artists simply because he drew some Superman pages which are briefly seen at the beginning of the 1978 Superman. His career as a comic artist honed his skill at dealing with figures and telling a story which is one of the reasons his gay strips are still highly valued today. Those strips tend to be completely pornographic right from the start so I'll spare the delicate sensibilities of some of the readers here and link you to some collections of his Zack work instead. In the meantime, I'd love to know where the picture of the boy with the sword (above) comes from originally.Read more ›
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